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John Leguizamo Just Put Everyone On Blast With New York Times Essay

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“John, you’re so talented, but too bad you’re Latin — otherwise you’d be so much further along.”

In a recent essay written for the New York Times, John Leguizamo fires shots at the apathy — from politicians to those in Hollywood — that leads them to overlook Latinos in the U.S. The veteran actor-comedian begins by revealing he’s often told he would have been a bigger star if he wasn’t Latino. Leguizamo says the lack of respect for Latinos didn’t begin with Trump. “We have grown up amid an entrenched disrespect for Latin culture, and we have often internalized that disrespect,” writes Leguizamo. He believes Donald Trump is only parroting what the media has been telling us for years. “Without media representation expanding to include more Latin faces and voices, we are vulnerable to a demagogue like Mr. Trump claiming that we are all ‘drug dealers,’ ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals.'”

“We need a Latino Spring in this country.”

John Leguizamo understands prejudice, and he doesn’t hold back when fighting against it. In just a few hundred words, he eloquently enumerates many of the contributions Latinos have made to this country, and he anguishes over the outright lack of respect that many of us still face on a daily basis. When he finally calls for a Latino Spring, he’s speaking from a place of anger and also hope. Closing out his piece, The Guiz doubles down on his stance: “Latinos need to demand our place in American history, and in corporate, political and social fields. We must demand an equal share of the American dream, and not accept a downgraded version of it.”

Check John Leguizamo’s amazing essay over at the New York Times.

[H/T] NYT: ‘Too Bad You’re Latin’


READ: Jorge Ramos’ “Hate Rising” Explores The Racism Infecting The U.S.

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Marco Rubio Is Still Backing Trump, So He Got Booed By Latinos

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Marco Rubio Is Still Backing Trump, So He Got Booed By Latinos

@marcorubio / Twitter / Calle Orange Festival / Facebook

Marco Rubio might have been hoping for a different reaction than the one he got at the Calle Orange Festival in Orlando, Fla. Rather than being revered and admired by Latinos at the event, Rubio was introduced as a “Latino like you and me” and was subsequently booed off the stage.

This is the video of Marco Rubio being relentlessly booed off stage.


Both Rubio and Patrick Murphy, the Florida candidates for the US Senate, attended the event to reach out to the Latino community of Orlando for their support.

When the video hit Twitter most people were not surprised at the reaction.


For the record, Rubio has called Donald Trump’s comments on sexual assault “vulgar” and “impossible to justify.” However, he has not withdrawn his endorsement of the same man he thinks is “vulgar.”

Some Rubio supporters challenged the account of Rubio being booed.

So @lachicamayra posted her own video of Murphy’s reception by he same crowd that booed Rubio.


Seems like the crowd was definitely more into Murphy than they were Rubio.

People are just so savage dragging Rubio all over Twitter.

https://twitter.com/Duramadera/status/791004713227526145

?????

Like, literally, people had no chill as they found joy in the utter (alleged) rejection of Rubio by the Latino crowd.

https://twitter.com/jmhincastillo/status/791005195572506624

Rubio’s camp IRL after the Calle Orange Festival:

Friday / New Line Cinema / BigMurph26 / Reddit
CREDIT: Friday / New Line Cinema / BigMurph26 / Reddit

Time to find a way to spin the video.


READ: Is Marco Rubio Pretty Much Done? Yep. Here’s Why.

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